ENTERPRISING young people in Huddersfield are being urged to go online - and find out more about starting a business.
A new website has been launched to provide some pointers to budding entrepreneurs across the town.
The website provides access to advice, help to find a business mentor and inspiring success stories from role models such as Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi.
The website, www.spreadlikewildfire.org, has been set up by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and the Young People's Enterprise Forum.
Youngsters aged 14 to 18 will be able to register on the website, allowing them to create their own business homepage and access expert advice to develop their business ideas.
After being guided through online tasks and being put into contact with mentors, young people will get a copy of their business plan to show potential investors as well as information on how to get help support through Business Link.
Alex McWhirter, head of enterprise at Yorkshire Forward, said: "A growing number of young people are thinking about starting their own business.
"Most never get the chance to experiment with their ideas because they do not have easy access to people who will encourage and support them.
"The Wildfire website is a hub for young people in which they can develop business ideas within a few minutes of landing on the site.
"The really exciting part of the website is that youngsters can get feedback and learn from the experiences of people who have established their own business."
The Young People's Enterprise Forum is a mix of private and public organisations.
Sahar Hashemi left her job as a lawyer in London to set up Coffee Republic with her brother Bobby. They built the business into one of the UK's most recognised high street brands with a turnover of £30m.
She left the day to day management of Coffee Republic in 2001 to write a book about her exploits entitled Anyone Can Do It - Building Coffee Republic From Our Kitchen Table.